Original Air Date: April 27, 2014
Director: Michelle MacLaren
Plot (via HBO)
Dany balances justice and mercy; Jaime turns to Brienne; Jon readies his men.
Best Moment: A baby is turned into a White Walker
Game of Thrones includes a lot of heartbreaking events, but many of them to this point haven’t had much to do with the White Walkers. However, to end the episode, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted to give a bit of a look at the threat up North beyond the Wall, diving into what actually happens to Craster’s babies when they are taken. The Land of Always Winter is shown from the baby’s perspective, which was done intentionally to make things limited for the viewer’s point of view, and it’s a tragic moment when we see the Night King appear and turns they baby into a White Walker. This is the first appearance of the Night King—the ultimate threat to Westeros—though we do see him in Bran’s vision a couple episodes back.
“I will answer injustice with justice.” – Daenerys Targaryen to Barristan Selmy
Trivia (via IMDb)
The final scene showing Craster’s baby son being transformed by the White Walker leader does not appear in any of the novels, which reveal almost no information of the White Walkers/Others’ culture due to their limited interaction with the point-of-view characters. This is also the first appearance in any media of the Land of Always Winter, the northernmost region of Westeros believed to be the home of the White Walkers/Others. Additionally, HBO’s viewer guide listed the name of the White Walker leader as the “Night’s King”, a legendary figure and former Night’s Watch commander believed to be long dead, but was quickly amended to remove the name.
MVP: Jaime Lannister
There were a couple of good moments for Jaime, who continues to be a changed man after his hand was cut off by Locke. First, he visited Tyrion in his cell, and though he was unable to help his little brother, he was at least a friendly face. Jaime’s MVP moment comes later when he gifts Brienne his Valyrian sword (forged from Ice, the ancestral sword of House Stark), new armor, and Podrick as a squire. There is an obvious fondness Jaime has for Brienne, and the gifting of a Valyrian sword should not be taken lightly—there are only a few of them left in the world. When told by Jaime all great swords have names, she names it “Oathkeeper” as she embarks on her journey to find Sansa Stark to both honor Catelyn’s request and do it for Jaime.
#ForTheThrone Moment: White Walker turns baby into a baby White Walker
The mysterious Night King was not yet known as “Night King” in the show, but he was quickly established as menacing force with clear bad intentions when he turned one of Craster’s babies into one of his own. As we find out for certain later, the Night King was adding to his Army of the Dead in an attempt to eventually take over and destroy the Seven Kingdoms; and changing babies into White Walkers was basically the foundation of both his army and his effort to eliminate everyone, which would make the Iron Throne obsolete.
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